Thursday, June 28, 2012
President Obama used one of the GOP’s favorite talking points against them in the wake of Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court’s decision today affirms the constitutionality of Barack Obama's signature health care law and the individual mandate that was at the heart of the case.
Friday, June 22, 2012
The Supreme Court says they won't issue their ruling on President Obama's signature healthcare bill until next week, but that hasn't stopped both parties from preparing for the fallout. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says a ruling against the law presents challenges not just for Democrats, but for Republicans as well.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Citizens Medical Center is, by most measures, a respected and respectable hospital. A non-profit, their mission is to serve their community of South Texas. And in their mission, they’ve been mostly successful, appearing on Thomas Reuters’ list of top 100 American hospitals three times over the past decade.
And yet, the Victoria, Texas hospital has people across the country outraged. The reason: a hiring policy they instituted last year. In short, the policy requires potential employees to have a body mass index below 35. This means that a man who is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds would not meet the hospital’s hiring requirements.
Friday, April 06, 2012
In his new PBS documentary, "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," T.R. Reid, veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, explores the places that manage to balance fiscal and physical health.
Friday, March 30, 2012
When "Obamacare" first debuted, opponents of the legislation criticized its cost and reach—not the possibility that it might be unconstitutional. But this week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments on the mandated health care law. Brooke speaks to Politico's Josh Gerstein about how challenging Obamacare on constitutional grounds went from a zany fringe idea to a mainstream conversation.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
It's absolutely wrong for the government to force a church to provide health coverage that covers birth control, in most cases. But it has nothing to do with religion.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Next week voters in Ohio, Mississippi and Maine will face a number of controversial ballot measures — from collective bargaining to health care to voting and abortion. In Ohio, a law limiting the collective bargaining of public employees is up for repeal. In Mississippi, they are fiercely debating whether a fertilized egg should be declared a person. Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country, joins previews these issues and talks about the potential impact on the 2012 election.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
A new report ranks America's 405 best hospitals based on their quality of treatment for heart attacks, pneumonia, and other critical ailments. Some of the nation's leading health care providers are not on the list. Dr. Mark Chassin, president of the Joint Commission, the hospital certification organization that conducted the study, said, "We recognize that improvement has been happening across the country on these measures, but there are some hospitals that have achieved extraordinary levels of performance."
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
David Ansell tells the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals, Chicago's Cook County Hospital—both a renowned teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city's uninsured. County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital covers more than 30 years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship there. Ansell writes of the doctors and patients, politics, and public health, and gives an account of a young doctor’s medical education in urban America, set against a backdrop of race, segregation and poverty.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Cuts to entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid are continue to be used as bargaining chips as the debate over the budget rages on in Washington. Already some states have begun cutting back their Medicaid programs.
But a new study out today in the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that people on Medicaid see doctors more regularly, and are more financially stable and less depressed than the uninsured. These findings could be crucial selling points as lawmakers debate the effectiveness versus cost of the health program.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
—Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, on The Brian Lehrer Show
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, discusses Vermont's efforts to introduce a single payer healthcare system.
Monday, April 04, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
April is Autism Awareness month, and advocates are pushing for new legislation in Albany sponsored by Autism Speaks that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for the developmental disorder.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Another judge has struck down the Obama administration’s sweeping health care reform law. So far two federal judges have ruled in favor of the law’s legality, while two have ruled it unconstitutional. Twenty-six states' attorneys general brought this latest lawsuit and it’s unclear how the ruling will be interpreted in each of them. This time Judge Rodger Vinson, of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida ruled that the mandate to buy health insurance was so intertwined with the rest of the law that the entire act was unconstitutional.